Spurs 2-0 Chelsea: Potter’s Blues fall to another defeat after Thiago Silva blow as Kane punishes poor performance
Graham Potter’s Chelsea fell to yet another defeat, this time at the hands of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Oliver Skipp scored his first goal for the club, and just his second in professional club football, to win three points for Spurs.
The match saw yet more controversy between the bitter London rivals, with Hakim Ziyech’s red card overturned by VAR throughout the match.
Harry Kane netted the second goal of the game, scoring from a corner as Chelsea looked woeful.
Pressure mounts on the head coach, who has seen his side register just two wins in 15 matches.
Chelsea started the better of the two sides, averaging 67 percent of the ball in the first 15 minutes before Graham Potter’s side were dealt a blow.
Thiago Silva was replaced by Wesley Fofana after Harry Kane fell onto the Chelsea’s on-the-pitch skipper, with Reece James taking the armband for the remainder of the game.
The withdrawal of Silva saw the Blues lose momentum as Spurs came into the game.
Pierre-Emerick Hojbjerg’s strike hit the post as the hosts came closest to opening the scoreline, with Fofana getting a crucial deflection on the shot.
With so much at stake, the game was threatening to boil over after several strong challenges from both sides.
And this is exactly what happened on the verge of half-time, with Hakim Ziyech the main player in the controversy.
Emerson Royal pushed the Moroccan in the back, who retaliated and pushed the Spurs player in the face.
Bizarrely, Kai Havertz and Royal were both booked before VAR took a look at the Ziyech incident.
Before the check was complete, the referee had a red card out for Ziyech before heading to the monitor to review the incident.
Upon review, Ziyech’s red card was changed to a yellow and both sides remained with 11 men going into the second half all level.
Spurs were ahead instantly after the restart as Oliver Skipp gets onto an Enzo Fernandez clearance before firing past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the edge of the box.
Since the goal, the Blues looked uninspiring before Mason Mount and Denis Zakaria were introduced to the action.
Mount and Havertz combined well on the edge of the Spurs box, but the German was unable to get to the ball before Tottenham’s goalkeeper as Potter’s side struggled to break down a resilient Spurs.
The hosts had the ball in the back of the net for a second on the 82nd minute as Kane netted, roaming free at the far post to score from a header after a corner.
Chelsea fell to defeat in an uninspiring manner as the pressure increases on Potter.